Last month, The Huffington Post decided they weren’t going to cover Donald Trump as if he were an actual presidential candidate. This decision prompted Trump to call the HuffPost a “glorified blog,” while saying he “has never been a fan of Arianna Huffington or the money-losing Huffington Post.”
A month later, Trump still leads many GOP polls, so we reached out to the HuffPost to see if they’ve decided to change their plans. HuffPost editorial director Danny Shea and Washington D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim issued the following statement:
We’re more committed to the decision than ever. Over the last month, we’ve seen our central argument proven right: that Trump is nothing more than a sideshow and not a legitimate presidential contender with serious policy ideas for moving the country forward. The GOP debate was fantastic reality TV, but it came across more like a twisted political version of “American Idol” than a presidential debate. And subsequent coverage reveals a collective media frenzy that’s embarrassing to credible media outlets – witness this weekend’s pandemonium around Trump’s helicopter at the Iowa State Fair. Otherwise serious journalists are being seduced by Trump because of his willingness to say and do outrageous things for headlines and ratings. We’re still not taking the bait.